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Prosecutor: Fatal shooting of man by deputy was justified

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A prosecutor says a sheriff's deputy in Michigan's Upper Peninsula was justified when he fatally shot a man who wouldn't lower a shotgun.

The Mining Journal reports Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese announced Wednesday there would be no criminal charges. Wiese's office said in a statement the deputy was in danger of being killed or seriously injured.

Wiese called the shooting a "tragic incident resulting in the loss of life."

The deputy responded to the Ishpeming Township home of 68-year-old Clifford Leroy Tucker on June 9 following reports Tucker was suicidal. Authorities say Tucker approached the deputy with a shotgun and the deputy repeatedly asked Tucker to lower the weapon.

The deputy fired four times. Tucker was taken to a hospital, where was pronounced dead. The deputy wasn't injured.

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